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The Book Industry Study Group regularly releases new and updated guidelines for industry best practices in areas that address metadata, rights, subject codes, supply chain, and workflow issues. Our posts address these and other issues across five topic categories.

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Transforming Supply Chain Communication
Transforming Supply Chain Communication

This year, the BISG Annual Meeting will address the changes needed across the data stack, tech stack, and communications protocols across the book industry supply chain. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
01/16/2023


BISG Announces BISAC Subject Codes Update
BISG Announces BISAC Subject Codes Update

An update to the BISAC Subject Code List was released in December, following a webinar presented by committee chair Connie Harbison of Baker & Taylor. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
01/11/2023


Welcome to the New BISG Website
Welcome to the New BISG Website

Welcome to our new website! We have a brand new look and updated technology in an effort to better serve all our members. We hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we do. In order to get the most out of your member experience, you will need to create a new login. Your previous username and password... Continue Reading

12/14/2022


Challenged by 979 ISBNs? We want to hear from you
Challenged by 979 ISBNs? We want to hear from you

Bowker announced the rollout of ISBNs with 979 prefixes more than three years ago, but some publishers are reporting problems getting 979 products listed on retail sites. BISG is looking for documented instances to help find the root causes. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
11/28/2022


Solving for Innovation
Solving for Innovation

An industry gathering poses a question: What does book publishing need to make innovation "stick"? Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
11/1/2022


BISG Opens Call for Nominations to its Board
BISG Opens Call for Nominations to its Board

Members of the Book Industry Study Group are invited to apply for a seat on its Board of Directors. The call for nominations will close on December 15. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
10/24/2022


BISG Launches a "Rights FAQ"
BISG Launches a "Rights FAQ"

BISG's Rights Committee has developed a set of "frequently asked questions" about rights and royalties management, each accompanied by an informed answer reflecting best practice. The full list is available on the BISG web site. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
10/4/2022


BISG Reveals Updated "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Results
BISG Reveals Updated "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Results

BISG fields a supply-chain survey every two months. The second wave of results has been analyzed, with signs of slow but steady improvement in how the book industry is managing in a period of scarcity and higher expenses. Continue Reading

by Jonathan Fiedler
09/26/2022


BISG "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Open Now
BISG "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Open Now

As part of its regular monitoring of the supply chain, BISG is soliciting a second wave of survey responses. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
08/15/2022


BISG Reveals First "Supply Chain Monitor" Results
BISG Reveals First "Supply Chain Monitor" Results

In its first of a series of periodic surveys, BISG finds a book industry supply chain challenged by scarcity and some uncertainty about paper and printing capacity. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
06/28/2022


BISG Launches "Supply Chain Monitor"
BISG Launches "Supply Chain Monitor"

BISG's Supply Chain committee is launching a new, bi-monthly survey to gather information about the book industry supply chain and issues the community faces in navigating the current landscape. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
06/7/2022


BISG To Honor Wattpad With Industry Innovator Award
BISG To Honor Wattpad With Industry Innovator Award

Founded in 2006 by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, Wattpad connects a global community of 94 million readers and writers through the power of story. It was one of the first online platforms to feature the work of writers from around the world. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
04/18/2022